Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:Parody (Score 1, Troll) 222

by JWW (#49174509) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

So what?

It was an interesting bit of film.

One that does NOT ONE DAMN THING to detract from the "actual" Power Rangers.

If our fucked up copyright laws forbid something as simple as this then that whole "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts" shit that was intended is totally gone to hell.

If we can't stand on the shoulders of giants (or dudes in tacky suits) and create "new" interpretations, then we've lost the real reason for copyright anyway. I'm not saying that Power Rangers doesn't deserve copyright, but I am saying that reasonable copyright terms should have put it in the public domain by now.

I am currently boycotting all songs from Tom Petty because of his crappy copyright challenge to Sam Smith's "borrowing his song" I mean come on, if we compare every song with every other song and "alter the tempo", and "vary the pitch" then we're screwed. Music reuses all kinds of things all the time. Fuck, soon people will try to copyrighting fucking chords progressions and beats. Yeah Sam Smith's song resembles one of Petty's, but only if you torture it enough. What's next, syllable counts on choruses? That shit was ridiculous.

Copyright has become a farce that no longer does any good for the public. And since thats what it was supposed to be for, I'd say its high time we scrap the whole decrepit edifice of modern copyright law and start over.

Comment: Re:^THIS (Score 1) 493

by JWW (#49019113) Attached to: Will Elementary School Teachers Take the Rap For Tech's Diversity Problem?

Interesting list. But I have issues with item's 5 and 6.

When you look at Boys who go into Technical Fields, including CS, you find quite a large number of them who were as children quite interested in video game systems. This and their curiosity propelled them to try and figure out how these things worked. Some of my first programs were simple games, and hacking your way around the DRM for some games was a key technical puzzle to solve when I was growing up.

Also a key feature for many boys that later go into tech was figuring out how devices work. Nowadays, the smartphone is one of the devices to analyze that way, especially if they get into rooting the devices and reinstalling OSes on it.

Now kids may play the games and use the smartphones and not become interested in CS, but I'm don't think thats because of those activities generally.

I think kids interested in science and engineering are the kids interested in how those games and devices WORK.

Comment: Re:Why not? It's the truth (Score 5, Insightful) 645

by JWW (#48999313) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

I think people in general are getting pretty sick of having islamic terrorists do horrific stuff and then the first thing the media does is point its finger at us saying "and don't you retaliate about this". In fact we don't, as individual citizens retaliate about this at all. There may be some instances here or there of poor treatment of muslims from some people, but they're constantly berating ALL of us to "not judge".

I think people are through with that, sick of being scolded for things we're not doing, while our leaders are developing habits of NEVER calling out these murderous islamic terrorists and stating that they are completely unacceptable in our world. They are only yelling at us to not ever respond in any way.

Comment: Maybe (Score 5, Insightful) 645

by JWW (#48999123) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Maybe if we don't look at it we can pretend it doesn't exist, right?

I commend Fox on this. As a consumer of news I want the CHOICE of whether I view this or not. I do not want the news provider to choose for me. As a point of fact, I have up to this point chosen not to view the video.

I am actually not upset a Fox for this, I am upset that the New York Times are such cowards that they won't show Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Comment: Re:This is Slashdot, not Politico (Score 0, Offtopic) 420

by JWW (#48877087) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Yep. Slashdot has become a huge pile of suck lately. It used to be "News for Nerds", now its looking more for "News for Nerd wannabes".

A political bent has been here a long time, but it used to be more even keeled, and the discussion used to be more open. Hell, even Jon Katz was better than some of the political drivel being posted here lately, especially vis a vis "diversity" and gamer gate. The progressive, hipster, and white knight posturing here lately has been sickening.

RIP Slashdot. We used to have logical discussions around here and talk about technology, when culture came up it was viewed from within and around the technology. Well the SJW's are on the march and they've arrived as /.

I'll be signing off now.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.